Grace O Sullivan

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Microbeads from an exfoliating daily wash. Use of the plastic particles in products is outlawed in Canada, and is due to be prohibited in Britain and the US this year

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney has moved to introduce a ban on cosmetics, toothpastes and other products containing plastic microbeads. (...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

Grace O’Sullivan (Green):  accused the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government of “incompetence” for its late reaction and said it should start with her Bill, not Fianna Fáil’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been accused of allowing political expediency to trump its commitment to protect the environment. Senator Lynn Ruane (Independent) (...)

Irish diplomats and officials involved in intensive negotiations in Brussels over the past six months on how efforts to meet the EU’s climate change t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: when he said Ireland was a special case, he signalled we did not “recognise the urgency” with which environmental action is required, said Senator Grace O’Sullivan. Photograph: Stephen Collins

A Green Party politician has described Taoiseach Enda Kenny as like the “lazy student who’d not opened a book all year” in seeking special exemptions(...)

Grace O’Sullivan: “I have never been elected previously to any political position so it is brand new territory for me.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Much like the 32nd Dáil, still wrestling with how to manage itself weeks into a politically novel existence, the 25th Seanad is quite unsure what type(...)

Senator Billy Lawless: due back in Chicago this week for a hip operation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday morning in Washington, DC, Dick Durbin had some interesting information to impart to his fellow senators. “We all know the Senate of the(...)

 Senators before the first sitting of the 25th Seanad at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eleven Independent Senators marked the first day of the 25th Seanad on Wednesday by sponsoring a Bill which would result in substantial reform of the (...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad and two other ex-TDs who lost their Dáil seats are also expected to win in the Upper(...)

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